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Life or Something Like It

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An egotistical TV reporter learns to appreciate the good things in life thanks to an eccentric, homeless clairvoyant in this old-fashioned romantic comedy from director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus). Seattle native Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) has spent most of her adult existence trying to live down her gawky, geeky adolescence: She toils for hours at the gym to keep cellulite at bay; she's managed to snag an engagement to a star baseball player (Christian Kane); and through her chipper puff pieces on the nightly news, she's cultivated a loyal following of couch potatoes who pester her for autographs. She's ready to take the next step to national news when her boss suggests she further hone her skills with ace cameraman Pete Scanlon (Edward Burns), who also happens to be an old flame of Lanie's. Her comfortable but shallow existence begins to change the moment she and Pete do a story on Prophet Jack (Tony Shaloub), a sage soothsayer who spouts unusually accurate predictions to passers-by in exchange for spare change. Jack offers up the theory that Lanie will not get her cushy promotion; in fact, he says she'll die within a week. When Jack's other prophecies start coming true, Lanie starts living each day as if it were her last -- much to the dismay of her co-workers and her fiancé.
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Common Sense Media

December 25, 2010

Old fashioned date movie for older teens.
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Observer
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May 02, 2002

Formulaic, delusional and about as accurate a depiction of life in television news (or something like it) as a Pillsbury bake-off.
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Village Voice
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April 30, 2002

Cloaks a familiar anti-feminist equation (career - kids = misery) in tiresome romantic-comedy duds.
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Chicago Tribune

July 20, 2002

Life, though funny and sometimes charming, doesn't give Lanie a believable context in which to stop and smell the roses.
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Ebert & Roeper

April 29, 2002

[A] fun romp...
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MovieFreak.com
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June 19, 2003

Watching the bleach blonde actress prance around the steep hills of Seattle in skintight pastel skirt suits wobbling atop sky-high stilettos is almost more than one should have to bare.
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Film Quips Online
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February 08, 2003

...Clearly displays the workmanlike instincts of its creative team, instincts which neither inspire greatness nor fail altogether.
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Reel Film Reviews
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August 01, 2003

...mostly just dull and forgettable.
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Cinema Crazed
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April 29, 2009

Pseudo-spiritual nonsense...
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Urban Cinefile
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December 08, 2002

What begins as a somewhat predictable Hollywood romantic comedy, spirals into a tender, sweet love story and opens the door to life's deeper and more meaningful issues.
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L.A. Weekly
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June 01, 2002

Comes on like a romantic comedy with metaphysical pretensions, but somehow these opposing aspects manage to cancel each other out, leaving us with laugh-lite comedy and, well, metaphysical pretensions.
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Washington Post

April 26, 2002

Lanie, who suggests a blow-dried human Q-tip, is so jarring on the eyes, it's difficult to concentrate on the story.
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